Kalamata is the 2nd most populous city of Peloponnese peninsula in southern Greece. It is also the largest city of homonymous administrative region. The chief port and capital of Messenia regional unit, it lies along Nedon River at the head of Messenian Gulf.
The 2011 census recorded 69,850 inhabitants for wider Kalamata Municipality, of which 62,400 in Kalamata proper's municipal unit on an area of 253.3 km2 (97.8 ml2). Kalamata is famous as the land of Kalamata olives and Kalamatianos dance.
Kalamata was in the news on September 13, 1986, with an earthquake measuring 6.2 on the surface wave magnitude scale. Described as "moderately strong", it caused heavy damage and killed twenty people. Following the severe damage, local authorities and individuals strained financial resources to change the forgotten capital of Messinia. Thanks to the efforts, Kalamata has fully recovered and developed into a contemporary provincial capital. Currently, it has the 2nd largest mercantile activity in Peloponnese and makes important exports, especially of local products like raisins, olives, olive oil.
Kalamata is not among the prettiest although the old town around kastro is fairly picturesque and its waterfront is lively. Kalamata was damaged by both earthquakes and Turks. From here cruisers are able to visit the ruins of ancient Messene (Messini) lying in a valley below Mavromati village. Established in 371BC when Thebans defeated Sparta, the new capital of Messini was built as a defensive city to watch over Sparta.
The circular Arcadian Gate and the surviving section of the defensive walls are up from the village. Steep paths lead to the ancient ruins where the major excavations are in asklepion centred on Doric Temple. Further downhill is the location of the largely intact stadium surrounded by remains of a big gymnasium. It is possible to reach the splendid ruins of mighty Mystras, crowned by imposing fortress.
Port Kalamata cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Kalamata, Greece. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|Day||Ship||Arrival||Departure||Next Port of Call|
|11 June, 2018|
|Marella Celebration||08:00||17:00||Corfu Island, Kerkyra, Greece|
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